Here’s to a great week!
Indians 12, Tigers 2
The Tribe bashed four home runs and somehow had 19 hits in the win Sunday. Another sweep, thank you very much. With the win, Cleveland is now 43-33 on the season (that looks much better!).
The top of the Indians’ lineup is en fuego. From Jordan Bastian:
Something had to give and manager Terry Francona’s patience and trust was beginning to be confused for stubbornness.
So, back on May 11, when the Indians hosted the Royals at Progressive Field, Francona pulled the struggling Jason Kipnis out of the lineup’s second slot and handed that assignment to Michael Brantley. The veteran outfielder responded with two hits, including a grand slam.
Tito will tell you that good hitters are good hitters — no matter where they fall in a batting order. That might be true, but that lineup switch transformed the top of the Tribe nine and has given Cleveland arguably the most potent top-of-the-order combination in baseball.